Stop scaly arms and legs by making a few tweaks to your routine. Take warm (not hot) showers or baths, and use a rich body wash. As soon as you turn off the shower or step out of the tub, slather on a hydrating lotion formulated for wet skin. "The best way to bind water to your skin is to moisturize while your skin is still damp," says Dendy Engelman, M.D., a NYC-based dermatologist.
Exposure to the elements dries out your complexion and makes it more sensitive, so sneak in extra hydration during your daily cleansing and moisturizing steps. An oil-based cleanser gently removes dirt and makeup without stripping your skin. Next, layer a serum with hyaluronic acid underneath your regular face cream. "Hyaluronic acid is a super-humectant," says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a dermatologist based in NYC. "It draws in water to the outer skin layer, providing a major moisture boost."
Although flu season and frequent handwashing are inevitable, raw, cracked skin doesn't have to be. Soaps with harsh detergents and alcohol-based sanitizers are very drying, so opt for a gentle, creamy cleanser. After washing, always apply hand cream. The best formulas coat the hands like a glove to prevent water loss and protect against irritation, Zeichner says.
Try Excipial Daily Protection Hand Cream ($10, amazon.com)
No need to forgo pedicures just because it's boot season -- your soles still need regular TLC. However, go easy with exfoliating tools. You don't want to weaken the skin, which, Engelman says, leaves it vulnerable to infection and irritation. A cream containing urea safely smooths and softens rough, tough calluses.
Try Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra-Enriched Foot Creme ($5.50, amazon.com)